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Download and Install Bitcoin Core: A Complete Tutorial for Advanced Users


How to Download and Install Bitcoin Core




Bitcoin core is the official software for running a full node on the bitcoin network. A full node is a computer that validates transactions and blocks, and relays them to other nodes. Running a full node helps secure the network, improves your privacy, and gives you more control over your bitcoins. In this article, we will show you how to download and install bitcoin core on your computer.


What is Bitcoin Core?




Bitcoin core is a free and open-source software project that was launched in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of bitcoin. Bitcoin core implements the consensus rules of the bitcoin protocol, which define how nodes communicate, validate, and update the shared ledger of transactions, known as the blockchain. Bitcoin core also provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows users to interact with the software, such as creating a wallet, sending and receiving transactions, configuring settings, and more.




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Bitcoin core is not the only software that can run a full node, but it is the most widely used and trusted one. By running bitcoin core, you can contribute to the decentralization and security of the network, as well as enjoy the benefits of using your own node, such as verifying your own transactions, choosing your own fees, filtering spam, avoiding censorship, and more.


How to Download Bitcoin Core




The first step to use bitcoin core is to download the latest version of the software from the official website . The website will detect your operating system and provide you with a link to download the appropriate installer. You can also choose to download the source code or a torrent file if you prefer. The size of the installer is about 30 MB, but it will download additional data during installation.


Before you install bitcoin core, you should verify that the installer has not been tampered with or corrupted. To do this, you need to check the cryptographic signature of the installer using a tool like GnuPG or Kleopatra. You also need to obtain the public key of one or more developers who have signed the installer. You can find instructions on how to verify your download for different operating systems on the website . This step is optional but highly recommended for security reasons.


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Windows




To download and verify bitcoin core for Windows, follow these steps:


  • Download the Windows installer from or . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Download GnuPG from or Kleopatra from if you don't have them already. Install them on your computer.



  • Download the public key of one or more developers who have signed the installer from . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Open GnuPG or Kleopatra and import the public key you downloaded. You may need to trust the key manually.



  • Right-click on the installer you downloaded and select "More GpgEX options" and then "Verify". A window will pop up showing the verification result. If it says "Good signature", you can proceed with the installation. If it says "Bad signature" or "No signature", you should not install the file and report the issue to the developers.



MacOS




To download and verify bitcoin core for MacOS, follow these steps:


  • Download the MacOS installer from or . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Download GPG Suite from if you don't have it already. Install it on your computer.



  • Download the public key of one or more developers who have signed the installer from . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Open GPG Keychain and import the public key you downloaded. You may need to trust the key manually.



  • Double-click on the installer you downloaded and select "Services" and then "OpenPGP: Verify Signature of File". A window will pop up showing the verification result. If it says "Good signature", you can proceed with the installation. If it says "Bad signature" or "No signature", you should not install the file and report the issue to the developers.



Linux




To download and verify bitcoin core for Linux, follow these steps:


  • Download the Linux installer from or . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Download GnuPG from your package manager if you don't have it already. Install it on your computer.



  • Download the public key of one or more developers who have signed the installer from . Save it in a folder where you can easily find it later.



  • Open a terminal and navigate to the folder where you saved the installer and the public key. Run the following command to import the public key: gpg --import



  • Run the following command to verify the installer: gpg --verify . The output will show the verification result. If it says "Good signature", you can proceed with the installation. If it says "Bad signature" or "No signature", you should not install the file and report the issue to the developers.



How to Install Bitcoin Core




The next step is to install bitcoin core on your computer. The installation process may vary depending on your operating system, but generally, it involves running the installer, choosing a destination folder, and agreeing to the terms and conditions. You may also need to allow bitcoin core to access your firewall or antivirus software if prompted. The installation may take some time, as it will download additional data, such as the blockchain headers, during the process.


Windows




To install and run bitcoin core for Windows, follow these steps:


  • Double-click on the installer you downloaded and verified. A window will pop up asking you to choose a language. Select your preferred language and click "OK".



  • A welcome screen will appear. Click "Next" to continue.



  • A license agreement screen will appear. Read the terms and conditions and click "I agree" to accept them.



  • A choose components screen will appear. You can select which components you want to install, such as shortcuts, start menu entries, desktop icons, etc. You can also choose whether to install bitcoin core as a server or a client only. By default, all components are selected. Click "Next" to continue.



  • A choose data directory screen will appear. You can select where you want to store bitcoin core's data, such as the blockchain, wallet files, configuration files, etc. By default, it will use a folder called Bitcoin in your AppData\Roaming directory. You can change this by clicking "Browse" and choosing a different folder. You will need at least 400 GB of free space to store all the data. Click "Next" to continue.



  • A ready to install screen will appear. Click "Install" to start the installation.



  • A installing screen will appear. Wait for the installation to finish. It may take some time, depending on your internet speed and computer performance.



  • A completed screen will appear. Click "Finish" to exit the installer.



  • A bitcoin core icon will appear on your desktop or start menu. Double-click on it to launch bitcoin core. A window will pop up asking you to choose a network. You can select whether to use the main bitcoin network or the test network. By default, it will use the main network. Click "OK" to continue.



A bitcoin core window will appear. It will start synchronizing


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